Issue 27 | August 14, 2015

Issue 27 | August 14, 2015



What it is: Taylor swift continues to be a fan favorite (see VMA nominations)

How it’s good: She is modest on the cover. Not usually Vanity Fair's style.

How it’s bad: Not so modest once you open the magazine. Potentially part of Swift’s slow transition from innocent country star to not-so-innocent pop megastar.



What it is: A new song (and music video) that jumped 8 spots to number 28 this week.

How it’s good: A beautiful, harmonious duet.

How it’s bad: Key lyric: “Let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on.” Solely about sex. Music video depicts high school students engaging in an orgy at an otherwise boring high school dance.



What it is: FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out.

How it’s good: FOMO shows that students recognize a desire to be involved in something that’s meaningful and worthwhile.

How it’s bad: Being in fear of missing out ends up crippling students, preventing them from doing anything and causing them to become depressed or do things that aren’t as meaningful as they thought.

Why it’s important: Constantly being in a state of FOMO is causing students to stay up late, lack sleep, drive poorly (can’t put the phone down in case something happens!), and live in an unending state of discontent.


Planned Parenthood has come under scrutiny the past couple weeks when a group called the Center for Medical Progress released several controversial videos showing high-ranking authorities in Planned Parenthood apparently negotiating the sale of the remains of aborted babies. Amid an outpouring of public indignation, many demanded that the government end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. As a result, the Senate carried out a procedural vote on whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood. The bill failed to pass by seven votes.

The debate over the videos centers on the fact that it is legal for a woman who gives consent to donate the remaining tissue of her baby after it is killed. Pro-choice advocates, such as Slate’s Amanda Marcotte, claim that the videos are simply propaganda put out by reactionary “anti-choice” groups. They claim the people portrayed in the videos, such as Dr. Deborah Nucatola, are not doing anything illegal since there are costs associated with transporting babies’ remains. Pro-lifers point out that the CMP’s unedited footage is available for anyone who wants to watch it, that one person should not control the donation of another person’s organs, and that the reason the videos are so inflammatory is precisely because they portray the remains of a human baby.

Ironically, many people seemed just as or perhaps more furious over the recent death of Cecil the lion at the hands of a dentist than they were over footage of aborted babies. Eric Metaxas makes the case, however, that these two situations should not cause us to set up a false dichotomy of choosing between protecting animals versus protecting people.

One positive consequence of the Planned Parenthood controversy was that as CMP was releasing its videos, #UnplannedParenthood trended on Twitter with many sharing stories of loved ones who exist because of unplanned pregnancies. Planned Parenthood in turn is currently promoting #standwithPP.

Discussion Questions

How can we use social media more often for something good instead criticizing something bad? What would it look like for you as a student to be a supportive friend to someone who is considering having an abortion? Why do you think people get so passionate about a lion, while seeming to care less about babies? Do you think it was a good idea to try to defund Planned Parenthood by riding the wave of anger over CMP’s videos?

Discuss the following quotation from Amanda Marcotte of Slate Magazine. What would be a constructive way to respond to her?

“Abortion is gross, no doubt about it. It becomes grosser the later in a pregnancy it gets. But so is heart surgery. So is child-birth, for that matter. We don't deny people who need help in those cases because the help is gross. Nor should we deny people that help when it comes to needing abortion.”

  1. "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weekend
    Theme: Justifying destructive behaviors because he loves it.
  2. "Cheerleader" by OMI
    Theme: Misogyny; only valuing a woman because she meets his needs and does what he wants.
  3. "Drag Me Down" by One Direction
    Theme: Theme: Your love is my reason for existing.
  4. "Watch Me" by Silento
    Theme: New dance moves.
  5. "Lean On" by Major Lazer & DJ Snake
    Theme: Questioning whether young love lasts.
  6. "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift
    Theme: Write someone off if he/she hurts you.
  7. "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten
    Theme: Girl Power. Believe in Yourself.
  8. "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
    Theme: What happens after you die.
  9. "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap
    Theme: Fetty Wap’s favorite things: money, his “bando,” and girlfriend.
  10. "My Way" by Fetty Wap
    Theme: Convincing a girl to leave her boyfriend for him.

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